Matt Womack

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Hey my name is Matt Womack! I am a redshirt Junior at the University of Alabama and I play football. I have been playing football for the past 16 years and it is something that I have always been in love with. My story is that I started last year (2017) for the entire season and we won the National Championship. It was some of the best memories of my life. Doing what I love with my teammates by my side and going out and accomplishing the ultimate goal is the best feeling ever. So what happened to me is that I ended up tearing my labrum in my shoulder during the Auburn game but I had to wait for my surgery. I went on to the spring in the off season and during a workout I landed on the side of my foot and rolled over it, causing it to fracture. I ended up breaking it and having surgery in March. After that I finally got my labrum surgery 6 weeks later. The spring and the summer were extremely hard times because I didn’t know what it was like to go through an injury. I kept my head up and knew that I would get through it all. So finally after months of rehab and getting my strength back, we started fall camp. I was competing to get my starting spot back but a couple of weeks in, I rolled over my foot in practice and rebroke my foot and two of the screws in my foot. This was rock bottom for me. I was sad every day and never had any motivation to do anything. I talked to my family about it all and they supported me and helped me get through the hard times. I never thought I would get back to being happy again but I found that during my darkest times is when my family and friends were there the most. I am currently not starting but I am the back up for multiple positions on the offensive line. I have another year to get my spot back and hopefully go to the NFL. My injuries really tore me down in the past but they have taught me more about myself than I ever thought was possible. I will never take another day for granted because you never know when it’ll be the last day you will get to do what you love.

Bailey Cartwright